Lots of things to love about this story. The bravery and toughness of this jockey, one of the pioneers of female jockeys at the time; the jockey she battled down the stretch against, the late Jockey Jill Jellison; and the horse himself. Rich One, a direct male descendant of Man o’ War, powerful looking horse for sure. … More Jockey Debbie Downing: Battling it out with Jill Jellison at Rockingham Park
With the passing of Penny Chenery, many memories come to mind. When I was working for Frank Martin, and riding SHAM, I saw her at the track a lot, especially during the Triple Crown races. One morning, before the Derby, while exiting the track, a tall, muscular chestnut was going by. His rider smiled, said good … More Laurie and Sham: Penny Chenery ~ Kindness and Class
Penny Chenery has died. She was the epitome of the best in racing. One time, I wrote a poem for her & her daughter, Kate Tweedy, gave it to her. Ms. Chenery showed her appreciation by gifting me with an autographed copy of the famous Bob Coglianese photo of Secretariat winning the Belmont. Tomorrow morning, … More JIM GATH: A POEM FOR PENNY
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